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November 21, 2014

Jin Tai has a girlfriend of four years

Jin Tai has become the first Taiwanese singer to publicly come out as gay after years of interest in her sexuality.

The androgynous artist told the China Times that since turning 32 at the beginning of the month, she 'wanted to honestly face her past and future, including her relationship status.'

Tai said she only found the courage to come out to her military father a few days ago but his response brought tears to her eyes.

'I hope you will be blessed and happy in the second half of your life,' he said.

November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 20, 2014

Fleshy and juicy with a full-bodied density – and that's just the vintners

What happens when a bunch of queer wine-lovers board a train through Napa Valley to taste the region's gayest, sun-sweet grape juices? We're not entirely sure, but we'd love to find out!

The Big Gay Wine Train has announced details of its all-gay winemaker dinner event next spring: taking place on Saturday, March 28, oenophiles will be able to taste the fruit of four of California's most delectable gay wine merchants.

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 13, 2014

New South Wales follows Queensland and Tasmania

New South Wales has become the third Australian state to recognize gay couples who have married abroad in places where same-sex unions are legal.

November 11, 2014

High court grants emergency stay requested by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

Tuesday (11 November) was to mark the beginning of marriage equality in the state of Kansas.

But that won't be happening - at least for now - because US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a request from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt for an emergency stay.

The stay applies to a recent ruling by a federal trial judge who struck down the Kansas gay marriage ban and ruled that the decision would go into effect Tuesday evening.

November 10, 2014

Top banks and financial services firms unite for summit on LGBTI issues in London

The CEO of HSBC in Britain, one of the biggest banks in the country, says being open about his sexuality helps him do his job.

Antonio Simoes was speaking at the LGBTI Out on the Street Europe Summit, for senior people in banking and finance, in London today (10 November).

Simoes said it was important for him to be ‘authentic’ to be a good boss and that meant speaking openly about his life and his husband.

‘I am the short, bald, Portuguese, gay guy. I have started to use it as a positive element of my personality,’ he told delegates.

November 10, 2014

Laotian runner-up sparks third gender debate in her Communist country

A 22-year-old Venezuelan on Saturday night was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand at the world's biggest beauty pageant for transvestites and transgender women.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 other contestants from 18 countries to win the title and 440,000 baht (US$12,500) in prize money in the resort town of Pattaya. The winner can also opt for a free cosmetic procedure, including gender reassignment surgery.

November 9, 2014

The mayor of the Ukranian capital was asked to support the fight for human rights after a man threw a smoke grenade into a theatre that was screening a LGBT film last month

Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kiev and who is described as a 'dedicated social activist' by the Eurocities2014 website, has said that he considers human rights to be a good thing but he is not going to speak up for the rights of gays and lesbians, according to a statement by UPO Gay Aliance Ukraine.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 6, 2014

Malcolm and Joe are preparing to say their vows while making history

Meet Malcom Brown and Joe Schofield, they are the couple that will make history by becoming Scotland's first married gay couple.

The couple, both 42 from Britain's smallest historic county Clackmannanshire, met online and fell in love after sharing a mutual adoration of punk and alternative music.

Together nine years, they will say their 'I Dos', seconds after midnight on 31 December.

Brown is a former DJ and engineering student and Schofield has campaigned for gay rights since he was 16.

November 5, 2014

Top firm faces £1.5 million lawsuit

A boss is being sued for telling employees badminton is so 'gay' men should wear a dress when they play it.

Neil Campbell, a manager at London brokerage company Tullet Prebon, is accused of presiding over a 'sexist, racist and homophobic culture'.

Former employee Kishore Kansal is seeking £1.5 million ($2.4 million, €1.9 million) in damages citing racial harassment and discrimination.

November 5, 2014

‘I am widower. My husband loved Halloween but unfortunately he passed away last May and never got to enjoy the babies first Halloween, so in his memory I'm trying to enjoy as much as we can.’

Jorge Goytizolo and his partner Philip Parrish always loved dressing up at Halloween.

The two met in 1998 and got married in New York in 2013.

They became parents to twins Santiago and Ella in February of this year, through the use of a surrogate mom in Guatemala.

Overjoyed with their children, the Fort Lauderdale couple looked forward to enjoying their first Halloween as a family.

November 3, 2014

Susan Sarandon will play her lesbian grandmother

Elle Fanning has been announced as the lead in drama Three Generations.

The Maleficent actress will take the role of Ray, a New York City teen transitioning from female to male. Naomi Watts will play her mother and Susan Sarandom is down to play her lesbian grandmother.

The indie film was written by Nikole Beckwith and will be directed by Gaby Dellal, and has a budget of US$5 million.

November 1, 2014

A US jilted lover sent nude photos of his ex-boyfriend to his teacher colleagues in an attempt to get him fired, but it was him who ended up in the hands of the police

A jilted US man sent x-rated nudes of his former boyfriend to his colleagues at the school where he worked in an attempt to get him fired.

38-year-old David Galvan leaked the nude photos of his ex-boyfriend Richard Rosa, 31, who is a teacher at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, US.

Galvan was angry their relationship had ended, so he sent the nudes in an attempt to get Rosa fired.

He hacked into his email account and sent 4 nude photos to over 200 of Rosa’s colleagues with the subject line ‘Enjoy’.

October 31, 2014

Tyler Ritter has followed his dad, grandfather and older brother into acting

It was just four years ago that Tyler Ritter decided to join the family business.

Now he finds himself as one of the leads on a network sitcom, the McCarthys, playing a single gay man navigating life with a sometimes overbearing but very loyal sports-loving family.

'The show starts out with him already having come out a few years before, and the family is totally OK and accepting of him,’ Ritter tells The Wrap.

October 30, 2014

A city rich in many ways, Jo’burg is home to many an architectural masterpiece and is an LGBT enclave worth checking out

Jo’burg is South Africa’s largest city population-wise, and that’s not even counting the 6 million trees.

As the biggest economy in Africa, Johannesburg is also a booming powerhouse for culture and entertainment.

Yes, sister Cape Town is Design Capital 2014, but not only does Jo’burg (as it’s affectionately called) have its own Beefcakes (see below), but it is a beautifully landscaped city with design merits all its own.

October 28, 2014

He says there is no 'probable cause for murder or any other crime'

A US marine accused of killing a transgender woman will stand trial in the Philippines but it is unclear whether he will face charges of murder of homicide.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, was in the Philippines for joint military exercises and was the last person to be seen with Jennifer Laude, 26.

She was drowned in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

Pemberton skipped the preliminary investigation in Olongapo and failed to answer a murder complaint by yesterday's deadline.

October 27, 2014

The German is barred from leaving the country after he stormed a military camp where the suspect is held

The German fiancé of a transgender allegedly slain by a US Marine fainted yesterday after he was stopped from boarding a flight home from the Philippines.

Marc Suselbeck has been charged with 'undesirability' and is not allowed to leave the country.

He reportedly lost consciousness at Manila international airport and was taken to hospital.

October 27, 2014

British actress, who stars in Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, reveals she took a girl to prom

Keira Knightley has revealed teachers told her that being gay is 'disgusting' after she kissed a female friend at prom.

The Oscar nominated actress, who stars in Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, said she 'fucking hated' attending school in south west London - and for good reason.

‘I went to prom with my best mate, Emily. We both turned up an hour late, and I’d been filming Bend It Like Beckham, and I turned up in leather pants and a crop top,' she told Vulture.

October 25, 2014

The women's magazine received backlash from hateful readers after featuring a gay male couple alongside their two daughters, for the first time

Readers of Family Circle, an 82-year-old American women's magazine, were introduced to Chris Osner-Hackett and Bob Osner-Hackett of Michigan, alongside their daughters Cai and Ava. It's the first time the magazine has featured a gay couple talking about their family life, parenting styles, and chaotic dinnertimes in the magazine's new column, 'Modern Life.'

October 24, 2014

Churches blame the deadly virus on 'homosexualism'

LGBTI Liberians have gone into hiding after church leaders said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

LGBTI people in the capital Monrovia have been harassed, beaten and a few have had their cars smashed.

‘Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They're even asking for the death penalty. We're living in fear,’ LGBTI activist Leroy Ponpon told Reuters.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.